Wow, what a month. A movie that felt like it was made in 1980 wins the Oscar and nobody watches. A pioneering Internet company on its last breath, fights off acquisition from Redmond, while the most watched piece of media in world is a viral cell clip of the Indiana Jones 4 trailer. I heard there was even a few campaigns for the presidency and lots of bad powersuits. While this is all neither here, nor there...this is your monthly blogosphere update for February, so soak it in!
How Much is That 700MHZ Spectrum in the Window?
Google is continuing their plan for control over every human being in the world via ocular implants that whisper search results in your ear. The 700 MHz spectrum has been occupied by TV broadcasters but is freeing up thanks to the Digital Television (DTV) transition next year. So the FCC held an auction, and a log of big companies pledged a lot of big dollars for use of the wireless frequency. Problem was, they don't disclose who is doing what to the public, so you have a lot of industry rehtoric, and speculation on the outcome. Since Google was up against the carrier power-players like Verizon, however, they may have just been shaking things up, while plan B was in the works.
I thought ATT&T had all the squilla from the roaming iPhone bills...but I guess it takes a lot to mess with Verizon as well!
FC!K It, I'll Fund That
VentureBeat, a blog that focuses on technology VC news and is run by former Jose Mercury News journalist Matt Marshall took in a solid round of funding of their own in February, and according to paidContent.org, the site plans to grow rapidly, after signing on former Mercury News tech writer Dean Takahashi.
It's too bad Matt and the crew are going to go with the hard working philosophy. Had they had the concept of ironic t-shirt designs to support the company, it just may have led to a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere. Alas, VC Wear has stepped in to fill that niche to the niche. I bet they have sold a whopping 20 or so of my personal favorite "Don't Pitch Me, Bro."
Bebo Has Lots of Friends
In a world where WSJ reporters are assigned to cover Facebook exclusively, it's sometimes difficult to remember the names of some of the other key players in the space. MySpace will always be hold sway over the technorati of blogging musicians it seems -- but what's a Bebo? Bebo is a social networking site that is big in the UK, and at $1 Billion, they are a steal compared to Facebook's recent $15 Billion valuation.
So who is sniffing around? Well, according to the blogosphere, a whole lot of everybody. Techcrunch aluded to Google on the 12th. But also stuck their neck out saying, it's definitely happening. As of this date, nothing...so Kara Swisher may have been more in the know this time around than Arrington. Still rumors keep flying, and include traditional media like CBS, to those on the chopping block (ahem Yahoo).
Pakistan Redirects YouTube to Outage
A government ban on YouTube in Pakistan resulted in a global outage for the site...and on a weekend! The horror of thinking about had this happened once I discovered Jimmy Kimmel's YouTube sensation "I'm FC!King Ben Affleck," is so great, I will not even approach it. The series of events and reasons are still being contested to this date, and in a nutshell it has to do with routers propagating a prefix. (?) Portfolio online examines, briefly, just how this could happen so easily. And in the meantime, nobody wonders about how easy it is for Iran to sync up with private U.S. satellite companies instead...but thems the brakes. And I can Haz Cheezburger!!